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(UK) "3 pupils in every classroom...have a diagnosable mental health disorder"

Nov 15, 2017, (UK) Financial Times: Pressure on UK schools to tackle mental health grows https://www.ft.com/content/84c32420-ad00-11e7-8076-0a4bdda92ca2 …According to a mental health report from the UK Department for Education (DfE) in August, an estimated three pupils in every classroom across the country have a diagnosable mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression. A study released in mid-October by the University of Manchester found that reports of self-harm in girls aged 13-16 rose by 68 per cent between 2011 and 2014. Yet despite this, 71 per cent of schools cite lack of funding or external support as a barrier to setting up mental health services, according to the DfE study. “There’s increasing evidence,” he says, “that by the time [children are] 13 it’s almost too late. The majority of mental health issues are developing by the time they reach secondary school.”